Sydney Pharmacy flies high in world rankings

10 May 2013

The University of Sydney confirmed its place as an elite teaching and research institution for pharmacy on the international stage, when it ranked 16th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for pharmacy and pharmacology.

According to the results, released on Wednesday, Sydney climbed six places from the previous year and was second only to Monash University (seventh) as the top two Australian institutions on the list.

Harvard University sat atop the rankings, followed by Oxford and Cambridge.

"This result reaffirms the University of Sydney's place as a leading school of pharmacy, not only in Australia, but in the highly competitive world stage," said Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy.

"The Faculty has a proven record in teaching and learning excellence and world-leading research, as evidenced by the high calibre of our graduates and the excellent academic reputation of our staff," he said.

The rankings were calculated on several different categories, including 'academic reputation', in which the University of Sydney was ranked third in the world, behind Harvard and the National University of Singapore, with an exceptionally high score of 97.6.

Of the institutions featured in the rankings offering degrees in pharmacy (and not only pharmacology), Sydney was ranked 10th in the world, and along with Monash were the only Australian pharmacy schools to appear in the list.

"Our key objective is delivering quality educational and research output, and this emphasis on quality shows us to be a truly world school for pharmacy," said Professor Ramzan.

"In the past couple of years, we have had a marked increase in interest from international students, new and exciting international research collaborations and I believe this strong ranking reflects the superb work performed daily in our Faculty," he said.

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